Neo Catechumenal Way (NCW)

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Name of Leader        Stephen Sekai (Tel) 084-347-450 (H/P) 013-829-6277

E-mail                            jamesbplau@yahoo.com

Time of meeting         Celebration of Word (Wed)7.30pm &  Celebration of Eucharist (Sat) 8.30pm

Venue                            Old St Teresa Church, Sungei Merah

 

  1. Objective

The nature of the Neocatechumenal Way (NCW) is defined by His Holiness St. John Paul II when he wrote: “I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic Formation, valid for our society and for our times.” (Epist. Ogni qualvolta, 30th August 1990: (AAS 82 [1990], 1515).

The NCW is not a movement or an association, but an instrument at the service of the bishop as one of the forms of diocesan implementation of Christian Initiation and of ongoing education in faith in accordance with the indications of the Second Vatican Council and the Magisterium of the Church in order to:

  • rediscover the Christian initiation by baptized adults, and
  • return to faith many of those who abandoned it.

“Such joy and such hope you give us with your presence and with your activity… Living and promoting this reawakening is what you call a form of “after baptism” which will be able to renew in today’s Christian communities those effects of maturity and deepening that, in the primitive Church, were realized by the period of preparation for baptism.” (Paul VI to the Neocatechumenal Communities, General Audience, 8th May 1974).

  1. Vision

The model of the Neocatechumenal community is the Holy Family of Nazareth, the historical place where the Word of God, made man, becomes adult, growing “in wisdom, age and grace” (Lk 2:52) submitted to Joseph and Mary. In the community the neocatechumens become adult in faith, growing in humility, simplicity and praise, submitted to the Church.

  1. Mission

The NCW is offered as an apt instrument to help the parish fulfills more and more the ecclesial mission to be salt, light and leaven of the world, and to shine before men as the visible Body of the risen Jesus Christ, universal sacrament of salvation.

The neocatechumens are initiated to “be present as Christians in society” and “to lend their co-operation to the different ecclesial services, according to their proper vocation.”

The neocatechumens collaborate “actively in the evangelization and building up of the Church” above all by being what they are: their decision to live the Christian vocation in an authentic way becomes an effective witness for others, as well as a stimulus to the rediscovery of Christian values, which might otherwise remain almost hidden.

“These Communities make visible in the parishes the sign of the missionary church and they strive to open a way for the evangelization of those who have almost abandoned the christian life, offering them an itinerary of a catechumenal type which goes through all those stages that the catechumens went through in the primitive church before receiving the sacrament of Baptism: it brings them back to the Church and to Christ “ (John Paul II, 30th August 1990  (AAS 82 (1990), 1513 – 1515)).

  1. Strategies

The Neocatechumenate consists of the initial catecheses and of the neocatechumenal itinerary.

The initial catecheses and the neocatechumenal itinerary are based on the three fundamental elements (“tripod”) of Christian life, underlined by the Second Vatican Council: Word of God, Liturgy and Community. At the center of the whole neocatechumenal itinerary there is a synthesis between kerygmatic preaching, change in moral life and liturgy.

The Neocatechumenate is realized, in communion with the pastor/parish priest and under his pastoral responsibility, by a team of catechists in accordance with what is established in art. 2 of the Statute of the NCW.

“The Way stands on those three dimensions of the Church, which are the Word, the Liturgy and the Community. (Pope Francis to the Neocatechumenal Communities, General Audience, 6th March 2015).

Main Activities

They celebrate the Word of God and Eucharistic every week and they have once a month convivence.